Faculty

Joe Lauderdale

Joe Lauderdale

Joe was the Youth Theatre Director at the Laguna Playhouse from 1988–2005. While at the Playhouse he was honored by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) with the Youth Theatre Director of the Year Award in 2001. He directed and/or produced more than seventy productions for both adults and youth. He has adapted several popular youth books for the stage, including The Summer of the Swans, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Tom Sawyer, and Cut, as well as the original works Lost Children and A False Reality. He was an active member of AATE, where he served on several committees and the administrative council. Since his retirement, Joe has directed productions in Salt Lake City (the premiere of Family Matters by Sandra Fenichel Asher), Torrance, and Irvine. Currently, he is on the board of No Square Theatre in Laguna Beach and serves as the resident director. Recent productions include The Rocky Horror Show, Xanadu, and Ruthless. In addition to directing and producing, Joe has been a theater educator for both youth and adults, teaching classes in theater games, creative drama, improvisation, acting techniques, and musical theater.